In "Quiet", Susan Cain states that "At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer."I have read that introverts make up as much as 1/2 of the population in the world. However, in our culture introversion is generally associated with the anti-social, the outcast or the one who does not like people.
I like people. I like people a lot. I just do not like "all" people and a lot of them make me feel overwhelmed. I prefer to have a conversation with one person who has a lot of interesting topics to talk about, than to have small talk with several different folks. I prefer to have one meaningful friendship than to be surrounded by acquaintances.
Welcome to introversion, a world for people who have a lot going on inside.